Best Pop Up Beach Tents

A day at the beach can be a whole lot of fun, especially for families with young children. Trips to the seaside, and time spent splashing in the water can form the basis of happy memories for years to come.

Getting a bit of fresh sea air and soaking up a few rays is also good for your health – mental and physical.

young child playing at seaside

However, with damage to the ozone layer and the high risk of skin problems due to high UV levels, it makes sense to take precautions against over exposure to the sun’s rays.

There’s no need to be unduly concerned – and it shouldn’t spoil your fun at the beach – but some simple precautions, like using a high safety factor sunblock for example, are definitely advisable. Most medical advisors recommend reapplying sunblock at regular intervals if you’re spending time at the beach – or in any other sunny location for that matter.

A pop up beach tent, sun shade or umbrella can be a great way to provide a little shade if you want to get out of the sun for a while. You should still use sunblock of course, but having somewhere to get out of the sun is definitely a good idea.

Beach tents can also provide you with a little private space to relax, have a nap, change into/out of your swimwear and to store your items (including that all important sunblock).

If you have young kids, they can be great for changing babies – and kids and toddlers will just use them for playing in as well (it’s not a beach tent – it’s a castle/fort/moon-base).

Have a look at the short video below and see for yourself how easy modern beach tents are to put up and take down:

Choosing A Beach Tent

There are plenty of different models of beach tent available for you to choose from – and they don’t cost a lot either. Here are a few pointers to help you select the right beach tent for you:

  • The right size.
    Pick one that’s the right size for you when erected. Bear in mind, in addition to people, you may want to store some items, coolers, drinks, books, sunglasses etc.
  • Easy to put up/take down.
    Look for one that is easy to put up and take down again when it’s time to go. You don’t want to waste your precious leisure time struggling with some antiquated canvas contraption do you?
  • Easy to carry.
    Choose a tent that is not too bulky and heavy to transport when it has been folded down and packed away in its carrier bag. Most modern tents use lightweight materials, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one to suit your needs.
  • Adequate UV protection.
    Check that your selected model gives you adequate protection from the sun’s rays. Most beach tent suppliers will give you a specified protection rating for the material used in their tents.
  • Stable and secure.
    You will want a beach tent that is sturdy enough to cope with sea breezes. Plastic pegs, hold-down points, guy ropes and pockets for filling with sand, pebbles or small stones, are all good methods of securing your pop up beach tent.
  • Compliance with regulations.
    Some beaches have regulations on the size of beach tents. There might be a limit on the maximum height. Some beaches also have restrictions on fully enclosed beach tents. There are plenty of sizes and styles for you to choose from – so it should be easy enough to find what you need.



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